Finished reading the book March 5, 2015. I must say that I was somewhat disappointed with the book. First of all the writing it self. This, however, could just the translation by Steven T. Murray. I know the difficulties translating can produce and have seen the same issue with other works translated into English: it doesn’t always come out quite right. What I was hoping to read in this book was a strong heroine in Erica Falck from the pen a female author. Here is where I found Lackburg fell short. And not just Erica, but her sister as well who is in an abusive relationship but unwilling to deal with it, nor did Erica step in. Throughout the book the momemtum is lost while one character or another, in tedious fashion, examines their emotional state. Had these been removed there would have been much better flow. In addition, had the book been trimmed by 25% it would have been better.
Is it enough to keep me from reading another one of her books? In all likelihood, no. “The Preacher” is Lackberg’s second book, which I will read. But, not sure when.
I did enjoy the plot of “The Ice Princess”, and for that reason will give the book 3 Stars.
The Ice Princess
by Camilla Lackberg @camillalackberg
~~~ Book Description ~~~
The gripping psychological thriller debut of the No.1 international bestselling Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg.
Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life.
Erica conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their lost friendship. While her interest grows to an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case. But it is only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about the small town with a deeply disturbing past.
~~~ From Amazon Product Page ~~~